Storm predictions scare away potential big weekend crowd
The offshore meanderings of Tropical Storm Hermine and the dire weather forecasts attached to it didn’t quite ruin the Labor Day weekend for Ocean City businesses, but they certainly dampened the tourist turnout.
“It was definitely a mixed bag,” Susan Jones, executive director for the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, said. “We were not sold out and there were plenty of cancellations.”
Some members of the lodging industry gave customers rain checks to return in the future and others refused to give a refund since Ocean City was not being evacuated. Jones said a number of people cancelled their stays well before there were penalties.
“Restaurants saw a decline in business especially outdoor eateries,” Jones said. “Generally speaking, most restaurants did not have the amount of business they are used to having thanks to the storm.”
Greg Shockley, owner of Shenanigans Pub and Shoreham Hotel on the Boardwalk, had a decent weekend despite the storm.